Most always we rush through our lives, never paying proper attention to our thoughts and beliefs. Sadly, we find ourselves tired and irritable at the end of the day. If we’ll slow down a little, we can become aware of these thoughts before they take root in our minds and potentially ruin our lives.
In Freedom from the Known, J. Krishnamurti brings to light an example of such a wrong working of the mind, which, when left unseen, prevents us from being light and free.
“Demand is born out of duality: ‘I am unhappy and I must be happy’. In that very demand that I must be happy is unhappiness. When one makes an effort to be good, in that very goodness is its opposite, evil. Everything affirmed contains its own opposite, and effort to overcome strengthens that against which it strives. When you demand an experience of truth or reality, that very demand is born out of your discontent with what is and therefore the demand creates the opposite. And in the opposite there is what has been. So one must be free of this incessant demand, otherwise there will be no end to the corridor of duality. This means knowing yourself so completely that the mind is no longer seeking.”
Inner Life Exercise
Make it a daily aim to slow down a little in everything you do. Notice how uncomfortable this is at first, yet how conscious you are of your inner workings. As you continue with this exercise you’ll see that living life aware and relaxed is your natural birthright.